About the book: Silver Screen Kisses is a collection of stories inspired by movies from everyone’s favorite list. Written by award-winning and bestselling authors, these contemporary romances take the reader back to Echo Ridge in the spring, when the promise of new love is budding just like the tulips around the Emerald Inn Bed & Breakfast.
My Fair Lacey by Janette Rallison
Lacey Johnson has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years. All she needs is one little loan to make it happen. But with the way Lacey talks and dresses, she looks more like someone who would hold up a bank than someone who’d ever get a loan from one. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate’s Harvard-educated brother, volunteers to change her image and teach her to speak correctly, she jumps at the chance. But she quickly finds she’s in over her head. Pretending to fit in with the town’s elite is harder than she thought, and despite her best efforts, she’s falling for Garrett. Could someone who is handsome, rich, and educated ever consider her as more than just a project? A contemporary twist on My Fair Lady, this is a story that is sure to please Echo Ridge fans.
You’ve Got Email by Heather Tullis
Maria never expected to fall in love with a man she’d never met, but she can’t wait to get to her laptop every night to chat with Bobwhite67. She would be happy to focus on getting to know him better, but her two jobs and two sons keep her ridiculously busy. Then there’s her ex-husband’s bookie, who’s impatiently waiting for the last couple payments on his debt.
Bret can’t help but notice how hard the beautiful Maria works and the similarities she has with the Zoomama he’s been talking with online. Though he really wants to make things easier for her, Bret accidentally gets her in hot water with both of her bosses. Can he get Maria to give him a chance in the real world and not just online?
The Princess Bride of Riodan by Rachelle J. Christensen
When a mysterious man offers to help Elise redecorate the old Bed & Breakfast, she gladly hands him a wallpaper steamer. After she discovers his true identity, she doesn’t know whether to curtsy or run and hide. Unfortunately, hiding isn’t an option because her heart is already tangled up with the handsome prince. At the same time, Elise’s old crush from high school wants a relationship and she’s forced to decide whether to chase after a fairy tale ending or stay grounded in reality.
My Best Man’s Wedding by Cami Checketts
Jessica Mason made a vow to marry her best guy friend, Josh, when they turned thirty. When Josh calls with the news that he's coming home to Echo Ridge for his wedding, Jessica is determined to break up the happy couple and take her rightful place as his bride. Gentry Trine, a coworker, agrees to pretend to be her fiancé to stir up feelings of jealousy. However, Jessica didn't realize fake fiancés could kiss like champions, and make a girl smile nonstop. Can she figure out which is the right man for her before she loses them both?
While You Were Skiing by Lucy McConnell
Mia Davis’s new job in guest relations at Ruby Mountain Ski Resort gets complicated when the gorgeous Ryder Montgomery falls off the ski lift, tells everyone they are engaged, and then loses consciousness. Worried about a head injury, Mia plays along, making him lunch, kissing in the front entryway and planning a future together; a future Mia wants with all of her heart. Things become all the more complicated when Ryder’s estranged family gets involved. Caught up in the fantasy and romance, Mia has to tell the truth or risk losing a part of herself and the man she loves forever.
My review: This is such a fun set! I love the way that the town of Echo Ridge seems to jump off the pages with all of it's inhabitants. I really loved the whole movie theme with this one. The authors did an amazing job of picking movies that everyone has seen and loved, making the whole thing even more amazing!
Let's talk just a little bit about each of the novellas that make up this set.
First up, My Fair Lacey by Janette Rallison. Oh my goodness, I loved this one! I loved Lacey. She's a young woman trying to do her best to achieve her dreams. She really wants to have her own restaurant. She's found one she can buy, but no one is willing to lend her the money for it. Enter Garrett Halifax, he's her roommate's brother and he's sure that he can help Lacey get the loan she needs. He simply needs to get her to dress better, and talk better. I loved the way that Garrett goes about helping her in this one. And I really loved the things that Lacey was thinking about him as he helps her. She starts off seriously annoyed at him all the time. But I loved the way he grew on her. And I really loved how he stood up for her when he didn't have to. Such a great way to start the set!
Next is You've Got Email by Heather Tullis. I really loved Maria in this one. I loved her sense of duty and honor, she's working so hard at two jobs to keep herself and her two sons afloat all while also paying back her ex-husband's gambling debts. Holy cow! There's no way I'd pay off anyone's gambling debts, but I can see why she felt she had to to protect herself and her sons. I thought it was so fun that she's emailing back and forth with a man she's never met, and of course, it ends up being someone she already knows. I loved Bret. I loved the way he tried to watch out for and help Maria out, especially after he found out that his online friend was Maria. This one is really cute too!
Then there's The Princess Bride of Riodan by Rachelle J Christensen. This one was so fun too! I loved Elise in this one. She is also a hard worker, she's trying to make it so that her grandma doesn't lose the house she lives in just because they can't afford to pay the property tax. So, as a second job, she's helping to redecorate the movie theater room in the bed and breakfast. This involves taking down the horrible wallpaper and that's when she meets a mysterious man, who turns out to be a prince. I love the way that Elise is conflicted in this one. She's not sure if she really wants to be princess of Riodan, everyone knows their family and she knows she'd spend the rest of her life in the limelight. She just needs to listen to her heart. This one might have been my favorite of the bunch!
Next is Cami Checketts' My Best Man's Wedding. I loved this one as well! I love Jessica and Gentry, we've seen them in other Echo Ridge books and I love that we get to see their story play out her. Jessica has been half planning to marry her dear friend Josh when they turn 30. But now Josh is getting married and Jessica has no idea what to do...except break up the wedding. That's where Gentry comes in. He offers to help Jessica by playing the role of her fiance and make Josh see that he really wants to marry Jessica. But we all know by now that that's never really what happens. This is such a cute story!
And last, but not least is Lucy McConnell's While You Were Skiing. This one is really amazing. I love the movie While You Were Sleeping, and I thought the author did an amazing job recreating this one with Echo Ridge in mind. Mia has been working as a lift operator at the Ruby Mountain Resort, it's her last day and her crush Ryder gets knocked off the ski lift by a couple of teenagers messing around. When the paramedics come to pick him up to take him to the hospital, he tells them that he and Mia are engaged and then promptly goes unconscious. I love that even though Mia is uncertain what to do about the situation, she works hard to take care of Ryder and make it look as though they really are engaged. This gets a little tricky when she ends up going on a few dates with his brother and his brother has no idea what's going on. This is a really fun book!
Make sure you grab this whole set, you'll love every page just like I did!
Purchase link: Amazon - Books 2 Read
I was sent an e-copy of this sent in exchange for an honest review.
Labels: Cami Checketts, Clean Romance, Echo Ridge Anthology, Heather Tullis, Janette Rallison, Lucy McConnell, Rachelle J Christensen